Hibakusha call for health management

Hibakusha call for health management

Survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki say the government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company should take care of the people affected by radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

In a letter of request to the government and the utility firm, the Japan Confederation of Atomic and Hydrogen Bomb Sufferers Organizations says all people affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster should undergo health checkups every year. It asks the government and TEPCO to address the health management of affected people in the long-term and in a responsible manner.

The organization, known as Nihon Hidankyo, also says the government should also take the responsibility for compensating people exposed to radiation. It says certificates should be issued in a unified way, rather than at random by local governments, in order to quickly help those affected.

The letter of request also refers to reports of undue discrimination against evacuees from Fukushima Prefecture since the outbreak of the nuclear disaster.
It says people should be informed of accurate information about radiation in order to avoid discrimination.

Hidankyo Secretary General Terumi Tanaka says the government and TEPCO should address the overall health situation as many people are worried about radiation exposure via the air.

Friday, April 22, 2011 02:09 +0900 (JST)

By piotrbein